Linspire launches 'mass-market' desktop

Linspire Five-0 is so simple even top managment can use it, according to chief executive Michael Robertson

Linux provider Linspire on Wednesday launched version five of its Linux desktop system, which it claims offers much improved usability through a new graphical interface.

Michael Robertson, chief executive of Linspire, said the changes to the user interface make the desktop suitable for people without any technical knowledge.

"For more than a year, we've analysed and studied the user experience to create a Linux product suitable for the mass market," said Robertson in a statement. "Linspire Five-0 is so easy to use, it finally makes Linux practical for anyone — from a Fortune 500 executive to a kid researching a school essay."

Other features in Linspire Five-0 include improved laptop support, with compatibility for Intel's Centrino and AMD's PowerNow offerings and a Wi-Fi Access Point Locater.

Linspire hit the news last year when it agreed a $20m (£11.14m) legal settlement with Microsoft to change its name from Lindows. It completed its name change in November and has since been known as Linspire.